New Poll Shows 61% of Americans in Favor of Legalization
March 20th, 2015
Policy, Top Story
More than 70% of voters support reducing penalties for the possession of small amount of marijuana from jail time to a fine, while over 60% of voters support allowing state regulated sales of marijuana cross the country, according to a new poll released by Beyond the Beltway. These findings point to an ongoing turn in the tide ahead of the 2016 Presidential elections.
Surprisingly, even Republicans (68%) and conservatives (63%) support lowering the punishment for marijuana possession, with only 28% of those surveyed disagreeing with such a measure. Republicans are practically split on the issue of legalization, although nearly 60% of those under the age of 50 support state-regulated sales of marijuana across the country.
Marijuana advocates will be closely watching various statewide initiatives moving into the 2016 election year, while several long-shot federal proposals are also worth following. In particular, California’s proposals to legalize marijuana will be under the microscope given the state’s strong existing medical marijuana market and significant commercial potential if legalization moves forward.
During an interview with VICE News earlier this week, President Obama suggested that Congress should reconsider classifying marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance – a category it shares with heroin and LSD. “We may be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side,” said the President in the interview. “At a certain point, if enough states end up decriminalizing, then Congress may then reschedule marijuana.”
So far, 15 states have decriminalized marijuana, including 10 that have legalized medical marijuana. Eight states allow medical marijuana without having decriminalized the drug, while four states and Washington D.C. have fully legalized cannabis over the past several years.
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